Governor Rell Congratulates Navy Sub Base on Regional Award for Excellence
October 27, 2010
Governor M. Jodi Rell today congratulated the men and women of Naval Submarine Base New London, which has been selected as the winner of Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic’s Award for Installation Excellence – an award based on outstanding mission efforts and outcomes during federal Fiscal Year 2010.
“Connecticut takes tremendous – and justifiable – pride in ‘our’ sub base,” Governor Rell said. “This award recognizes not only the superior military performance of base personnel but also their dedication to maintaining and improving the quality of life for everyone in the area – service members, civilian base employees, workers at Electric Boat and everyone in southeastern Connecticut.
“It is truly amazing to consider that five short years ago the New London base was on the list of bases targeted under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process,” the Governor said. “Now it is considered the finest base in the region and one of the 12 best bases in the nation. Anyone who has ever visited the base over the years has seen it change from a drab and industrial location to something that, today, resembles a modern college campus. It is an exciting, vibrant place to be and I am proud of the role that Connecticut’s first-of-its-kind partnership with the Navy has played in advancing that transformation.”
Through a unique partnership forged under Governor Rell’s Administration, the state is funding a series of projects designed to maintain and improve the military value of the sub base, which contributes billions of dollars a year to the state’s economy and is responsible for more than 15,000 jobs.
Projects funded by the state include a building for a high-tech submarine bridge simulator and a training kitchen for sub-based culinary specialists, as well as construction of a diving support facility and a new boiler.